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happy labor day. good morning to you. i'm natasha curry, in for robin meade today. should we prepare for another wave of swine flu? it's really looking that way. one school got about 2,000 cases already. great white sharks are cruising just off cape cod. the beach this labor day, folks are being told to stay out of the water. look at those guys. a new minister to be ordained 11 years after he was charged with sexually abusing a boy. if you have kids going back to school tomorrow, health officials say they're starting to see swine flu cases on campuses across the country.
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the worst one at washington state university. at least 2,000 students have reported symptoms of the h1n1 flu virus. and at our sister network cnn the cdc says the situation is unusual. >> with schools back in session, particularly in the southeast of the u.s., but also in many parts of the country, we're seeing a fair amount of influenza, very unusual for this time of the year. health officials are racing to get millions of swine flu vaccinations ready. the cdc says the shots won't be ready until next month. president obama's adviser on green jobs quit this weekend and is blaming a vicious smear campaign. van jones resigned, following controversy over a petition he signed years ago. it called for an investigation into whether the government deliberately allowed the 9/11 terrorist attacks to happen. jones also made derogatory comments about the republicans in the past. the administration says president obama did not want
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jones to resign, but that he did not want to be a distraction. >> he accepted his resignation because van jones, as he stood in his statement, that he was going to get in the way of the president and ultimately the country moving forward on something as important as creating jobs in a clean energy economy. >> the president should spend the appointment of so-called czars while the administration examines the background and qualificati qualifications of the more than 30 individuals who have been appointed to these czar positions. >> we're taking a closer look at that petition that jones signed and his controversial comments. correspondent richard lui will have that in less than ten minutes. one of the largest wildfires in southern california's history is now about halfway under control. 4,600 firefighters north of los angeles are lighting backfires to keep it contained. this is new. officials found two more homes
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destroyed. that makes at least 78 total. authorities are now trying to find whoever started the fire. a sea of pink in the town where jaycee dugard was kidnapped 18 years ago. about 2,000 people here paraded through south lake tahoe, california, in her favorite color. she wasn't there, but organizers raised money for her and her two daught daughters fathered allegedly by her kidnapper. okay. president obama's speech to your kids tomorrow will be nothing more than a pep talk. that's from education secretary arnie duncan. critics are worried that the president would get political with students. some parents are even planning to keep their kids home. duncan called the idea, quote, silly. he says it's about taking school seriously and kids won't be forced to watch. >> i think all the drama and hoopla at the end of the day, if the president motive motivates
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one c student to become a b student, one b student to become an a student or one student who is thinking about dropping out to take their education seriously, it's worth it. >> there's concerns about disruption, there's also concerns about is this going to done in an appropriate manner? i trust and hope that the white house will have content that is appropriate and not political. >> that was governor tim pawlenty. you'll be able to read a preview of the speech on the white house website later today. a relative says the suspect had attacked his estranged wife before and repeatedly violated a restraining order she had against him. police say he shot and killed her saturday along with their son and 2-year-old grandson and seriously wounded his pregnant daughter-in-law. he killed himself when police tried to pull over his car. take a look at this. one of the great white sharks seen off cape cod and
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massachusetts beach are closed because of it. those suckers are big. really rare in new england, but a shark expert reported as many as five of them about a mile from a swimming area. two were tagged so that scientists can track them. the state says this is the first time a great white has been tagged in the atlantic. i would not want to go swim in those waters for sure. five minutes past the hour. nfl player has been arrested after being accused of choking his girlfriend, you know the reality star, tila tequila. >> and shawn merriman is the chargers player. the caller was known as taylor winn also known as tia tequila. win starred in the show "a shot of love with tia tequila" in
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2007 and '08. investigators say they believe she had been drinking. merriman's attorney denies all the allegations. it will be up to the d.a. to see if any charges will be pressed. >> rafer, thanks. a crack in the san francisco bay bridge could make for a commuting nightmare for hundreds of thousands of people. it may not be fixed until tomorrow when the workweek begins. here is a live picture of that, crews working around the clock to replace a link. workers discovered the crack thursday when the bridge was shut down for repairs. a lot of you are headed for the beaches and parks today. bob van dillen is keeping an eye on your weather for you. >> happy labor day. hopefully not real labor. >> no, not yet. >> i don't think i could do the anchor like you do. an upper level low is right
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around the ohio valley, and that really is going to be a problem for you, especially later this afternoon. showers and thunderstorms developing right here. you already have a couple popping near the cincinnati area. that's the one rough spot. you see the cold front and frontal boundary all the way into florida. that is really channeling the clouds off the gulf of mexico through northern parts of georgia, into parts of north carolina and south carolina. that's a trouble spot. new england and the northeast, you have a couple clouds coming in through new york city right now. mid atlantic, getting the rain into west virginia, stretching into pittsburgh, and d.c. later this afternoon. let me show you pictures coming in from the weekend. aftermath of a wind storm that came through real close to seattle. you can see a couple of trees snapped, even reports of some funnel clouds. this was yesterday afternoon. the damage was out there. that low has moved inland toward montana. there's still light rain showers
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around the area. >> i'm from washington state originally. my girlfriend was texting me last like, it looks like we had two tornadoes. >> doesn't happen very often up there. >> no, it does not. g gets your attention. thanks, bob. good news in a bad economy. you can save as much as 20% on your natural gas bill soon. we'll tell you why. plus a little boy disappeared in the middle of a custody dispute.tw now police say his mother was se hiding him behind a wall for two years. a announcer: with unbeatable prices onbarm rich cheese sticks-- game time costs less at walmart. save money. live better. walmart. should we order nda blossom, panda moon... how about chinese at home with new wanchai ferry?, you can make it in just 14 minutes mmmh, orange chicken. great. i didn't feel like going out anyway (announcer) wanchai ferry. restaurant quality chinese your ocer's eezer
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we have more on the resignation of president obama's adviser on green jobs. van jones quit this weekend following controversy over a petition he signed years ago. news correspondent richard lui
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has details on this petition about the 9/11 attacks. richard? >> good morning, natasha. it calls for an investigation into the u.s. government's response to the 9/11 attacks. it, quote, a call for immediate inquiry into evidence that suggests high-level government officialos may have deliberately allowed the september 11th attacks to occur, end quote. jones now says on friday, quote, i do not agree with this statement and it certainly does not reflect my views now or ever, end quote. natasha? >> an administration source, though, is saying jones did not carefully read the petition's language that you just read before signing it. this isn't the first time that jones has caused controversy. >> no, ma'am. his mouth landed him in hot water before. he was quoted on the rodney king case in a bay area newspaper in 2005. he talked about his reaction to the acquittals in the 1992 police beating. jones saying, quote, by august, i was a communist, end quote, describing his sense of
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radicalization at that time. the controversy may not fade away quickly. i spoke last night to our sister network cnn political editor. this is what he said. >> it's another dagger for opponents of president obama's administration to keep on digging at him. you know, he stepped down. it's not going to go away. it won't be a huge issue, but it's another bullet, so to speak, in the gun for conservatives just to continually go after president obama. >> now, natasha, the next half hour, we'll tell you why jones' defenders are blaming a tv host for leading the charge against jones. wait until you hear that. >> looking forward to it, richard. thank you. money is tight. you might get a big break on your home heating costs this winter. jennifer westhoven is here to tell us about some big potential savings, janice. that's what we love to hear in this type of economy. >> thanks, natasha. some utilities say your heating
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bi bills might be as much as 20% lower this year. that's good news in a bad economy. now, be careful. don't start spending it yet. those prices do fluctuate, but natural gas prices are near seven-year lows. they're like oil prices. they can fluctuate on supply and demand and lately the word in natural gas is -- the main reason is the recession. factories are not really humming at the same levels they were. that means we're using a lot less energy in general, much bigger supply of gas. maybe you know a teen you think should get off the couch and get a job. that's your opinion, but it is a lot harder for teenagers to get a job these days. they're looking at the toughest job market for their age group in 60 years, basically since they started counting these numbers. look at teens who are out there
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looking, pounding the payments, more than a quarter of them couldn't find jobs in the latest month. "new york times" reports fewer teen jobs because companies have cut costs a lot, but there are a lot of adults, especially experts, we reported how seniors are reporting for a lot of those jobs, like waiters or hotel staff to supplement some of their social security. back to you. >> that's so true. adults and teens are competing for the same job. thanks so much, jen. sometimes it takes an act of nature to force you to get down to business. stephanie elam introduces us to a man who turned tragedy into triumph in the small business success. >> t-shirt business, but didn't act on it until after hurricane katrina hit new orleans in 2005. >> people were so crushed, seeing their hometown the way it was. first thing that popped up in my mind was something i could give back to the city, something people could have to remember where they're from. >> blake created stickers be a
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new orleanian wherever you are. the popularity of the stickers convinced him to launch his t-shirt company. new orleans designs with an insider's edge. he already owned another business, and asked his friend, patrick brower, to help run dirty coast. >> the nuts and bolts of printing and shipping and i could be involved with the creative. >> an online venture and in 2007 blake opened the dirty coast store. he says he recouped his initial investment within the first year in business and sales have doubled each year. >> i didn't know it would be a success. i really didn't know. i knew it was worth taking a chance. if you're a small business owner, we would love to see your success story. go to cnn.com/robin to upload a video i-report of your tips.
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if we like what we see, you never know, you may be featured on "morning express." remember when oprah gave her entire studio audience free cars? wait till you hear what she's planning this week and why not everyone in chicago is happy about it. ñ?ñ?v?
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a boy, missing for nearly two years was found alive, behind a wall in his grandmother's home. ricky chekevedia will be 6 next week and police in illinois say they found him friday with his mom in a secret room about the height of a washington machine. the boy disappeared soon after his dad won temporary custody in 2007. >> we let him out of the car and he ran around like he had never seen the outdoors. it was actually very sad. surprisingly, ricky is in very good spirits, for someone who has been isolated in that house with no other outside beings, he's very social. very polite, very talkative little boy. >> the boy's mother, seen here, and his grandmother, were arrested and charged. wsil affiliate says a man living
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in the home was arrested yesterday. grammy-winning rapper just gave away 20 cars, but ludacris says the people who got him really zrved a new ride. how they were chosen as the lucky winners. what tips do you have to maintain your self esteem? can you share it with us to help the rest of us as well? go to cnn.com/robin. there's a contest button. hit that and e-mail me or do an i-report. a free autographed copy of my new book called "morning sunshine: how to radiate confidence and feel it too." a grand prize winner will get a trip to atlanta so we can meet you. cool! >> we'll announce today's winner in our 9:00 am eastern hour. stick around for that. a college football player called to apologize for punching an posing player after a game.
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here's rafer wiegel with that. what's up with that? >> remember legarrett blount punching byron hout? he called hout this weekend as well as the coach. his coach, chip kelly, also said he was sorry. blount was suspended the entire year by the team, pretty much happened as soon as they went off the air. the commissioner told "the new york times" he was not happy with how boise state handled the incident with him. a huge fight broke out in canada's lacrosse championship. one player goes down -- this is on friday. look how out of control this gets. game one of the cup between new westminster salmon bellies and
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the exceliers. >> look at them. >> after a player fell on the ground. it just kept going. pretty much like who chockey. 173 penalty minutes resulted in this. one player was suspended and each team was fined only $1,000. nice moment before nascar's race in atlanta. 13-year-old cancer survivor jody lawrence designed the paint job on carl edwards' car. friend of the show. look at that. very good job. for the first time they raced under the lights at atlanta motor speedway, 111,000 people turned out to watch kasey kahne take the checkered flag to move up in the standings. racing's most prominent female driver could make the change over to nascar. tony stewart says he can pretty much guarantee dannica will move to stock cars.
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>> go, girl! thanks, rafer. there's controversy over a man about to be ordained as a minister, how his criminal past has some church members asking questions.we ere kids with little responsibility, zero accountability. our parents telling us what to do... how to behave. now, all of a sudden, we're there, in that role, at that time in our lives where everyone and everything is depending on us. it's a scary feeling, but it's also a good one. especially when i'm confident someone's there for me.
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forget. we can't move on. i preach in this church to try to allow god to move you on to a better life. >> reporter: pastor randy meadows says the lord has touched hourigan's heart, to leads praise and worship at the church and will become an ordained minister next sunday. >> if we show people that someone with mark's background, mark's past can become someone that will be productive in society, then who else could reach out to other people but christ's people? >> reporter: former church deacon says hourigan was never straightforward about his past until he was confronted. >> of course i have my piece of paper i had done my research on and i handed it to had him. i said this is the problem. his reaction is, oh, you found
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out. >> reporter: pickerrell fears that hourigan could be tempted by children who gather for sunday school. maybe he could reoffend. >> maybe he is in that low category of the percentage that doesn't. but i don't want to take the chance. >> reporter: pastor meadows says hourigan will sign an agreement not to minister to children. >> god is a god of love and loving god and i'm tedoing what he's telling me to do and if that isn't popular, neither was jesus, so -- how bad is the travel day, bob? >> some thunderstorms near the ohio valley. we have low clouds hanging in across the deep southeast. let me show you what it looks like in atlanta. traveling down here, trying to make a connection, right now, things are clear. not a bad one. partly cloudy skies. clouds out to become overcast later today. 82, high temperature. looking nice, centennial olympic park right there. what about the rest of the
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region? flight explorer, dayton area, ohio, kovgton. state line with indiana and ohio, thunderstorm overhead. we'll see showers and thunderstorms over cincinnati. we'll see delays out there, especially this morning. otherwise, d.c. metros, looking at philadelphia, showers moving in later today. miami, cincinnati, cleveland, showers and storms, detroit, seattle, looking at showers as well. more delays and you'll find them around st. louis and atlanta. morning low clouds and dense fog in st. louis. >> thank you, bob. >> all right. starting today, people will drive on the left side of the road on the island of samoa, to allow samoans who live in nearby will allow them to send cars home. an arizona pastor says he is
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preaching for the death of someone he hates, the president of the united states. huge protest outside his church this weekend.
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deadly wildfire near los angeles is now about halfway under control. it's been burning for more than 10 days. look at those flames there. fire officials say they don't expect it to be completely out for more than a week. the fire has killed two firefighters and has destroyed at least 78 homes. the san francisco oakland bay bridge will be closed for at least another day now. crews are working how to fix a huge crack in a steel link that holds up part of the bridge. they hope it will be fixed before hundreds of thousands of people return to work tomorrow. now what could be one of the largest reported outbreaks of swine flu at a college campus has hit washington state
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university. school officials say at least 2000 students have had symptoms of the h1n1 virus and think the outbreak started between fraternity and sorority rush two weeks ago. shawn merriman was arrested this weekend and charged with allegedly choking his girlfriend, reality tv star tila tequila. he was taken to jail and released a short time later. his attorney denies the charges. tequila was taken to the hospital and has not commented on the charges. those are the headlines we're following for you this morning. i'm natasha curry in for robin meade today. we are seeing some signs of a possible compromise on had health care reform. nebraska senator ben nelson says he could support bringing in a public insurance option but would only want it to kick in if private insurers don't expand coverage or cut costs. moderates are believed to be crucial to getting something passed. president obama will deliver a prime time speech on health care
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wednesday. >> all the ideas are on the table, david. the president set forth principles at the beginning of this discussion, at the beginning of the year. and now all the ideas are on the table and the president will say we agree on 80% of this. let's do the final 20%. let's get the job done and here's how i think we should do it. >> he's at a strategic crossroa crossroads. if he comes in wednesday night with a better version than what they've said the last three months clearly i think the country will conclude that he is not listening, and i think they will then have to try to ram a bill through in a very partisan way. >> president obama's spokesman is refusing to say whether the president would veto a bill without a public option. and president obama's adviser on green jobs quit this weekend, blaming a vicious smear campaign. van jones resigned over a
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controversy of a petition he signed years ago. richard lui joins us. glenn beck loudly condemned jones. what's the back story on this thing? >> jones co-founded a group that's been pressing beck's program. they list jones as inactive. the president of beck's media organization says the conservative commentator was focusing on jones before the group started taking on beck publicly. >> tell us more about jones' background here. >> civil rights activist before shifting his attention to environmental issues, wrote a best-selling book called the green collar economy. some say president obama's camp did not do enough to defend jones. last night we talked to a "chicago sun times" columnist about that. take a listen. >> rather than caving in, i
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think what's happened here is that the obama administration is being pushed around by conservatives. if they don't get a grip on that, van jones will not be the last person who will be pushed out. >> natasha, back to you. >> richard, thank you. we'll get more from you later to see if anything else comes out. oprah winfrey is taking over chicago's famous michigan avenue. for the next three days, police are going to shut down three blocks just so she can tape her talk show, based in chicago, of course. some people look at this as, you know, good publicity for the city, but some cab drivers say they're going to lose big. >> michigan avenue more than that. >> it's going to be a mess. it's going to be terrible for the cab drivers and those that use that street all the time. >> this is the opportunity to have one of chicago's greatest marketers to market the city of chicago. it's a wonderful gift. it's a wonderful gift in a time period that has seen a real
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tough, tough economic downturn. we're trying to dig out of it. oprah wants to help us, that's great. >> the show is her 24th season premiere. investigators will start working later this week to figure out why a huge ferry sank. the vessel capsized in the philippines yesterday. look at this the coast guard says there were nine people killed, more than 950 others were rescued. rescuers are still looking for two people who are missing. this is the same ferry that had two other major incidents in 2006 and 2007. scary pictures to look at. 950 people rescued is quite a few. how is the weather looking on this labor day? >> last official beach day in summertime. it will be a washout for a lot of folks in the mid atlantic. radar picture up now. lots of rain from the cape hatteras area, down into the wilmington beach area.
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why your dry in south carolina. more rain is a possibility later today. we zero in toward the ohio river valley. you can see all the thunderstorms popping right here. it's an upper level low pressure region, cooler air circulating around in the upper levels of the atmosphere, making things unstable. you have thunderstorms popping around cincinnati. there's cinci right there. sweep going on through. lots of lightning pop iping up, way down through central and western parts of kentucky, all moving up to the northeast. ohio, indiana and parts of kentucky as well. into pittsburgh, you can see the radar sweep going through. out of wheeling, getting rain around pittsburgh later this morning. the heaviest rain we have is still offshore with a weak area of low pressure around a frontal boundary right around the wilmington beach area. moorhead, stretching up to the cape. look at all the action. that will be a washout for the entire morning.
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not a good beach day at all. pretty bad. down toward the gulf coast, couple of showers popping up later this afternoon. out west, things will start getting going for you, seattle and dry out this afternoon as high pressure tries to build back in and not extremely hot, which is good news. > live to new york city, sun trying to come on up. 75 degrees the high today. most of the rain should be south of there. scattered showers from philadelphia in toward the je jersey shore, toward the outer banks. scattered showers out there. big apple should be dry. >> yeah. i can't help but think about cape cod for their shark sightings. >> great whites? >> yeah. >> oh, man, i can't wait to see that video again. >> i will not go swimming there. thanks, bob. a rapper says he has his own stimulus plan. how ludacris stepped in to help people struggling to make ends meet. also ahead, the irs has new rules that might actually help
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you save money.
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check it out, about 900 people trying to set a world record for largest group to perform the thriller dance in atlanta. look at what these people are wearing, dressed as zombies, cavemen, star wars troopers. they hope to find out later this week if they've made the record books. william shatner reportedly showing up over the weekend as part of the festival here. love the costumes. all right. jennifer westhoven is enjoying them too. let's check in on the morning papers right now for you.
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a lot of people are having trouble getting a mortgage. washington post reports since the meltdown and bailout, the government pretty much controls lending. it's estimated a third of the people who qualified three years ago can't get loans today. more rubble from the world trade center is available for memorial, "the new york times" reporting that the port authority of new jersey is inviting groups and towns to make a request for debris. a report on how the recession has devastated las vegas tourism. this year could see the fewest number of visitors in ten years. and those who do come spend less. get this, rapper and actor ludacris gave away 20 cars this weekend. about 4,000 people entered his contest to write about their struggles to keep their jobs without a car. ludacris says he's trying to help out. >> we have our own stimulus plan, trying to do our part as
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an organization, to give back. luda-day weekend, whole list of events geared toward charity and giving back, leading by example. with great power comes great responsibility. i'm just doing my part. >> a month worth of free gas. they have to pay for their own registration, tax and insurance. free car, hey, pretty cool. so, like most americans, you're probably trying to save more money these days, sparking a rise in personal savings, but now the government wants to help you save more money. what? here's jennifer westhoven. >> basically the goal is to make it easier and more automatic to save. and a lot of people find that if you could make it automatic, it is a lot easier. sometimes it's hard to figure out how to do that. our national savings rate has been at zero at times. sometimes even a negative rate.
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but with the recession, we have started saving. it's up to about 4%. changes are if you work at a small or medium-sized business you might be able to start your 401(k) automatically. you could also get your tax refund, get it right into your account and then it disappears, you could get savings bonds. if you have vacation or sick days you don't use, instead of the pay, if you wanted, you could get that money and put it into your 01 k plan and then you would get some big tax savings. for all the details, go to cnn.com/robin and scroll down to looking out for you. to keep check, it's monday, natasha. pretty much every monday it's how many banks failed over the weekend. five more this weekend. missou missouri, illinois, iowa, arizona. total count for the year, 89. and that's just so far. hasn't been this bad since the savings and loan crisis in the '80s and hundreds more are expected to fail. i always say these without any kind of panic or anything
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because, as you know, the fdic really insures these banks, up to about a quarter of a million dollars in accounts. for the most part, they've been able to handle these seamlessly. you may belong to one bank, next thing you know, all your money is at a different bank, but you can still use your checks and everything still works. >> thank you for clarifying that, jen. a pastor says he hates president obama and wants him to die? and some protesters have showed up outside his church and had a message of their own to preach. instead of $5 per person for fast food, you can serve a nutritious breakfast from walmart for just over $1 a person. one breakfast a week saves a family of four over $800 a year. save money. live better. walmart.
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46 minutes past the hour. two men took an 11-year-old girl hostage during a bank robbery. indianapolis police released a video of the bank robbery masked in wigs here. one of them grabbed the little girl as she walked into the bank with her family. he put her in a headlock and pointed a gun at her until the teller gave him some cash. >> most robberies, the suspect goes in with a note or
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communicates very quietly that they are committing a robbery, they want the money, no alarms and they're out the door. they bumped it up another level when they took this little girl hostage. >> scary. scary times. people are getting desperate. >> i don't know. i think it's -- >> police found the getaway car about 20 minutes after the robbery. they're still looking for suspects. witnesses say that their gun had pink accents on it. a 140-pound cougar caught in a city park has been released into the wild. it had been living there two weeks, forcing officials to close the park. crews were able to tranquilize it after being chased up a tree. 14-year-old tried to have his mother killed, accused of asking a 13-year-old friend to
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ambush her friday night in her drive way. police say the boy slashed her with a kitchen knife and ran when it broke. she wasn't seriously hurt, though. police eventually arrested him and police say the son told the friend that the killing would be a club initiation. after taking time to have a baby, one tennis player was able to do the unthinkable -- beat a williams sister. huh? that's inspirational. >> natasha, do you know what it means? >> what does it mean? >> it means there is life after having a baby. >> who are hooray! >> that's right, good news for you. no, this belgian player has taken 2 1/2 years off to have a family and she is taking on venus. a former number one who sometimes brings her baby to work, which you could do, natasha. we would look after your child. venus losing means her sister,
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serena, is the only top five player left in the women's draw. there's been so many upsets on the women's side rapheal nadal was treated for an injury. at one point, nadal took his shirt off. listen to the reaction. they're cheering. ladies snapping the photo. settle down. settle. in the fourth round you're like, i'm not listening to you. despite 2,000 students coming down with flu symptoms, washington state went forward with its football game with stanford. vendors wore plastic gloves and hand san advertisers were everywhere. a real-life rudy story, dallas cowboy jesse holley on friday, returned a punt 82 yards against the vikings to score in preseason.
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this guy won a reality tv show to earn the final spot of the cowboys training camp and never played professional football before. look at him. he's pretty darn good. he was cut by thebefore. he was signed to the practice squad, so it means he could still come back to the team. >> i wonder what he was doing before. you got me curious. investing for retirement, it may feel like tossing money into a black hole, but hln money expert clark howard has an easy equation to figure out if you're saving enough for your nest egg. >> do you know the first time i retired, i was 31. should i retire today? i don't know. but the thing is, i have set up the finances in my life that i can ask myself that question. most of us can't. what's the key? there are actually two keys. one, through your working life, you have got to live on substantially less than you
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hids wings. he had wings like these pinned to his uniform 55 years ago, but he hid them when his plane was shot down and he became a prisoner of war of the. >> i didn't want the civilians to know my position, so i dug a little hole and i buried my wings. so i'm going book to see if i can find my wings. >> they were buried in a cellular where he spent ten months as a pow. a suspected drunk driver hit a speed bump, went airborne before crashing right into the second floor of this house. the impact was so strong that the jeep got stuck vertically and only the driver was slightly
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injured. police say he was later arrested on dwai charges. look at that mess! let's check in with meteorologist bob van dillen for the air travel update. >> that was just a speed bump that guy hit going that fast and he flew into a second-story room? >> it looks like a tornado hit. >> he must have been going 150 miles an hour. let me show you what's going on in the nation's capital right now. we're looking at a cloudy start for you around d.c. some scattered showers working their way in. light rain a possibility there and it will probably slow you down later on today. the capital looking nice as well. here's what we have delaywise for the afternoon. philadelphia, some showers headed up your direction as well, so watch for a 30-minute delay there. washington, d.c., including the baltimore area, you'll get a short delay out of that, and cincinnati, heavy showers in the
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morning, and then out west it's morning clouds and light rain showers around the puget sound. seattle will probably get some delays out there, too. happy labor day to you. >> happy labor day. thanks, bob. so a missouri couple skipped the church when they got married. their ceremony was at the harley-davidson store and then they left the ceremony on a big hawg. >> i went for a ride and -- >> the rest is history. i think we'd like to ride to the grand canyon. >> no white dress but there was plenty of chrome. i love it. days after controversy about a petition he signed about the 9/11 attacks, president obama's green jobs advisor has stepped down. what people are saying about the resignation of van jones. py0'#7
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it's labor day. it's monday. you're waking up early, huh? good morning. i'm natasha curry in for robin meade today. hope you're doing well. should we prepare for another wave of the swine flu? it's certainly looking that way. one school got about 2,000 cases already. and great white sharks are cruising just off cape cod and folks at the beach this labor day are being told to stay out of the water. a kentucky church is about to ordain a new minister 11 years after he was charged with sexually abusing a boy? if you have kids going back to school tomorrow, health officials say they're starting to see swine flu cases on
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campuses around the country. the worst right now is at washington state university. at least 2,000 students have reported symptoms of the h1n1 flu virus. on our sister network cnn, they say that's an unusual situation. >> with schools back in session, particularly in the southeast of the u.s. but also in many parts of the country, we're seeing a fair amount of influenza. that's very unusual for this time of the year. >> health officials are racing to get millions of swine flu vaccines ready and the cdc says the shots won't be ready until next month. now, president obama's advisor on green jobs quit this weekend and he's blaming a vicious smear campaign. van jones resigned following controversy over a petition he signed years ago. it called for an investigation into whether the government deliberately allowed the 9/11 terrorist attacks to happen. the white house said the president did not force jones to resign but that jones didn't
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want to be a distractions. >> the president and the ceq accepted his resignation because van jones, as he says in his statement, understood that he was going to get in the way of the president and ultimately this country moving forward on something as important as creating jobs in a clean energy economy. >> the president should suspend any future appointment of so-called czars while the administration and the congress carefully examines the background and qualifications of the more than 30 positions that have been appointed to these czar positions. >> jones also made derogatory remarks about republicans in the past. the white house says the president does not endorse jones' comments. some 4600 firefighters north of los angeles here are lighting backfires to keep this contained. check it out.
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and this is new. officials found two more homes destroyed. that makes at least 78 total. authorities are now trying to find whoever started the fire. a crack in the san francisco oakland bay bridge could make for a commuting nightmare for hundreds of thousands of people. it may not be fixed by tomorrow when the work week begins. crews are working around the clock, though, to replace a steel link. these are live pictures of them getting to work, trying to rush and get it done. the bridge was shut down thursday night for repairs, and that is when the workers discovered the crack. thank goodness. it was a sea of pink yesterday in the town where jaycee dugard was kidnapped 18 years ago. about 2,000 people paraded through tahoe, california in her honor. they raised money for her, and her alleged kidnap per phillip and nancy garrido, pleaded not guilty on 20 counts of
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kidnapping charges. an nfl player was arrested after being accused of choking his girlfriend. reality tv show tequila taquita. what happened? >> his attorney is denying the allegations saying that several witnesses will back merriman's story. authorities were called to his home about 3:30 saturday night. she made a citizen's arrest on merriman after alleging he choked her and restrained her. he was taken into custody and later released. he shot with tequila chaquita. they believe she had been drinking. the shuttle crew wrapped up their last space walk on
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saturday and they wrapped up some insulation and prepped a chac chamber on the space station. they are bringing extra gear back to earth on thursday. take a look at this. one of the great white sharks seen on cape cod and now some massachusetts beaches are closed because of it. i understand, look how big those are. a shark expert reported as many as five of them about a mile from a swimming area. two were tagged so the scientists can track them. the state says it's the first time a great white shark was tagged in the atlantic. ahhh. i have jaws fears after watching the movie and now i'm looking at real ones. i may never jump in the ocean again. >> they filmed jaws real close to there. >> did they. >> yeah.
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anyone who goes swimming in it is nuts. labor day weekend, so you know we're right in the heart of hurricane season. we don't have any named storms right now. obviously some good news, but i want to show you the impulse that came off the african continent. it's about 150 miles south of the cape verde islands. that's something we'll be watching over the next 24 to 36 hours. we're watching more showers and thunderstorms right off the coast of north carolina. an upper-level low getting things going in cincinnati and louisville this morning . the banks going in towards wilmington, and in florida, you, too, will probably get some storms working in off the ocean this afternoon. richmond and louisville, you can see it right here. most of the action has been around the cincinnati area. you can see some flashing lightning going on there. anticipate some delays in the
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airports because of rain there, and that will stretch into cleveland, ultimately pittsburgh, later today. you can see southwestern pennsylvania, western p.a. getting some white rain, but you can see the rain off the shore toward wilmington. just a heavy swath of rain. basically just a down pour and it's going to be out for the rest of the afternoon and into the evening. bad beach day for the last one of summer. let me show you some pictures coming in from yesterday evening. the aftermath of a wind storm in western washington. >> i'm from just west of there. >> you can see the damage done, trees blown down, power lines down as well. that was severe weather in washington state. things are calming down for you a bit today, which is great. >> it's kind of out in the country a little bit, so it doesn't really happen out there. they've got a lot to do now with
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cleanup. >> it doesn't happen a lot, but when it does, it seems to be big. president obama plans to spend part of his labor day talk to go a friendly crowd of union workers. this afternoon he's going to travel to ohio to attend the afl-cio's annual labor day picnic. it normally draws up to 20,000 people. that's where he's going to announce he picked a member of his auto member task force to advise him on manufacturing. here's some good news in a bad economy. we love to hear this stuff, right? you could save as much as 20% on your national gas bill soon. we're going to tell you why. plus, a little boy disappeared in the middle of a h custody dispute.it his mother was hiding him behind a wall for two years. ? i assure you it does. i can only taste... only taste the crunchy clusters, honey, and brown sugar. no madam, i don't have esp. (announcer) fiber one. cardboard no. delicious yes.
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a female journalist is now on trial for wearing pants. she is accused of defying the law by wearing pants that were sheer. she could have had immunity but her lawyer says she wanted her name cleared and make the law unconstitutional. we now have more on the resignation of president obama's advisor green jobs. van jones quitting over a petition he signed years ago. correspondent richard lui has details on that about the 9/11 attacks, richard. >> it calls for a response to the 9/11 attacks. jones signed it back in 2004. here's what that petition says said. quote, a call for immediate inquiry into evidence that suggests high-level government officials may have deliberately
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allowed the september 11th attacks to occur. jones said on friday, i do not agree with this statement and it certainly does not reflect my views now or ever. natasha? >> a source says jones didn't carefully read the language in the petition before he signed it, but is this the first time he has had controversy? >> no. he used vulgar language, for instance, to describe republicans in february before his white house job. listen to his video on youtube. >> how are republicans able to put things through when they had less than six senators but we can't? >> the answer to that is [ bleep ]. >> he said it again also in that tape. jones was quoted on the rodney king case in a bay area newspaper in 2005 as well. he talked then about his action to the acquittals. you might remember jones said,
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quote, by august, i was a communist, and he was describing his radicalization because of that quote. we'll tell you why his defenders are blaming a tv host for the charges against him. well, nato is investigating an air strike in afghanistan and saying that it may have killed dozens of civilians. a german commander called in the strike on friday. it was targeting two nato fuel tankers that the taliban had hijacked the day before. but when the truck got stuck in the mud, the taliban told villagers they could have the fuel. they didn't know civilians were nearby, they say. she allegedly drives her car into a starbuck's. she drove through a parking lot, hit several kushz acurbs and en in the starbuck's here. an elderly couple was hurt in this accident. the deputy was placed on
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administrative leave. money is tight but you might get a big break on your home heating costs this winter. our money expert jennifer westhoven is here to tell us about some big potential savings. hey, jen. >> this is for people who heat with gas which is about a majority of americans. your heating bill might be as much as 20% lower. that is some good news in a bad economy. natural gas prices have been trading near seven-year lows, but they can change. they're just like oil, they trade, so they can really fluctuate on supply and demand. last year to now, prices have been cut basically in half, below $3,000 for a thousand cubic feet. part of the reason, the recession. factories are pumping out less so they're using a lot less gas to power themselves, and the companies are also doing a better job of finding gas when they have a big supply. it is the end of driving season, summer vacation officially, so gas should look pretty reasonable compared to what you usually see.
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aaa's national average, $2.58 for a gallon of self-serve regular. maybe you know a teen who you think should get off the couch and get a job, but it really is harder for them to get a job these days. they're looking at the toughest market for their age group since they started counting, almost 60 years. the l.a. times says there's fewer openings but there is a lot of competition because adults who can't find jobs are taking those jobs. cincinnati is one of our hot spots this morning. >> good morning, jennifer. some thunderstorms directly overhead in the city and you're going to see some delays out of there shortly. that's one spot. the other spot is the big apple. not so bad. you're talking about a nice sunrise. the high today, 75 degrees. most of the energy, most of the moisture is soult of manhattan, so i don't think we'll get any showers, but it's not a great
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beach day. more on that in about half an hour. what about the delays for today? rain in dayton ultimately ends up in cleveland. for the afternoon, d.c. metro, philadelphia, light showers. detroit and seattle some showers and then morning clouds for you atlanta and st. louis. more on that in just a bit. the president wants permission to talk to your kids tomorrow, and we're getting a better idea of what he wants to tell them. um bill-- why is dick butkus here? i hired him to speak. a lot of fortune 500 companies use him. but-- i'm your only employee. we're gonna start using fedex to ship globally-, that means billions of potential customers. we're gonna be huge. good morning! l... you know business is a lot like footb i just don't understand... i'm sorry dick butkus., (announcer) we understand. you want to grow internationally.
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. 17 minutes past the hour. president obama's speech to your kids tomorrow will be nothing more than a pep talk. crews are worried that the president will get political with students and parents are warning him to not take a tone. he says it's about taking school seriously and kids won't be forced to watch. >> i think all the drama, all the hoopla, at the end of the day, if the president convinces one student to become a b student from a c student, it's all worth it. >> there is a lot of talk that
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is this going to be done in an appropriate manner. i hope they're not using the school structure to make things public. >> here's a little read of the preview of the speech on the white house web site later on today. a boy missing for nearly two years was found alive behind a wall in his grandmother's home. ricky will be seven next week and police in illinois said they found him friday with his mom in a secret room about the height of a washing machine. the boy disappeared when his dad won temporary custody in 2007. >> we let him out of the car and he ran around like he had never seen the outdoors. it was actually very sad. surprisingly ricky is in very good spirits for someone who has been isolated in that house with no other outside beings. he's very social, very positili
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very talkative little boy. >> the boy's mother and the grandmother were arrested. a man living in the home was arrested yesterday. a college football player has said that he is sorry for punching an opposing player in the face. here's rafer weigel with that. hey, rafer. >> yeah, natasha, sorry for the sucker punch, which is basically what he said after he punched boise state's brian haupt after he taunted him. there's the punch right there. blount called haupt and apologized for the hit. dutch coach chip kelly made a conciliatory call. blount was suspended from the team for the entire year. hout was not suspended and blount is not happy about that at all. the game won the cup between
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the new westminster salmon be y bellies and the canada team. watch these guys haul off on each other. 173 penalty minutes. one player was later suspended saturday and each team was fined only $1,000. a nice moment before nascar's race in atlanta. 13-year-old cancer survivor jodi lawrence designed the paint job on carl edwards' car. september is cancer awareness month. for the first time they raised under the lights of the atlanta motor speedway. 111,000 people showed up to watch kasey kahne take the lead. danica patrick has said she can pretty much guarantee a woman
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fuel. a texas minister will be ordained in a church. he was charged with sexually offending a boy in 1998 and he just got off probation. one deacon is worried he will reoffend. >> maybe he won't, but i don't want to take the chance. >> if we show people that someone with a marked past can be someone productive in society, then who else could reach out to other people but christ's people? >> the pastor says the man will not minister to children. police want to know why a
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prison van carrying 12 people drove off an embankment and crashed. the driver was killed. look at the wreckage here. a guard and two prisoners were critically injured and six other prisoners were also hurt. an investigate or in h hattiesburg, mississippi said they crashed and overturned. one couple delivered their baby right on the side of the road. they were rushing to want hospital on friday -- oh, cute -- but the little one here wouldn't wait. they pulled over to the side of the road, and a 911 operator talked dad through the delivery. >> when i pulled over, i didn't think i was delivering a child. i thought i would be there until the paramedics got there. i was sure of it. and then she told me, oh, it's coming now, then it all changed. >> yeah, everything changes. kinsey weighs eight pounds. her mom's friend predicted a
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roadside delivery weeks ago. i would irch to that friend in the future. one of michael jackson's trademark white gloves was sold at auction for $49,000. that's twice what they expected. the winning bidder bought it on behalf of the hard rock cafe and casino in las vegas. michael jackson threw it to a guy in australia in 1996. he also wore the glove when he married debbie rowe. our ireport of the day is an easy way to spend part of your holiday weekend in the big apple. in the words of julio, in a new york minute, you can change the world. you'll never know what you'll see in new york. in this case some bikini models. head to cnn.com/robin to learn how you can become an ireporter. we told you about a pastor
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who said he wants president obama to die. but listen to what the protestors outside his church had to say.
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washington states university could be the site of one of the largest school outbreaks of swine flu. officials say at least 2,000 students have had symptoms of the h1n1 virus and i think the outbreak started during a fraternity and sorority rush two weeks ago. the san francisco bay bridge will be closed at least another day. crews are fixing a huge crack in a seal link that holds up part of the bridge. they're hoping it will be fixed before hundreds of thousands of people return to work tomorrow. look at these flames that have been burning more than ten days, and fire officials say
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they don't expect it to be completely out for more than a week. it has sparked two fires and destroyed at least 78 homes. merriman was arrested for allegedly choking his girlfriend, tequila chaquita. it's monday morning, labor day. welcome back. i'm natasha curry in for robin meade. van jones resigned following controversy over a petition that he signed years ago. let's give it to correspondent richard lui and fox tv's glen beck loudly opposed van jones. >> he co founded a group called
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color change.org. jones was not involved in the group's efforts against beck specifically. he did list jones as inactive right now. the organization also saying the conservative commentator was focusing on jones before the group started taking on beck, too. so a little bit of background there. >> thank you, richard. what about more on jones' background? >> jones was a civil rights activist in california before shifting his attention to environmental energy issues. he wrote a best-selling book called "the green collar economy" and some said president obama's camp didn't do enough to defend jones. i talked to a sun times columnist about that issue. >> i think rather than caving in, what's happened here is the obama administration is being pushed around by conservatives and if they don't get a grip on that, van jones will not be the last person who will be pushed out. >> the white house released word
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of jones' resignation in the middle of the night on the holiday weekend and has said that jones left voluntarily. >> all right, richard. thank you very much for giving us more info on that. appreciate it. well, britain is facing new accusations of alleged back door deals to get libyan oil. some terrorist attacks by the republican army say their government refused to help them get compensation from libya. libya reportedly supplied explosives to the ira who used them in britain. the accusation came after the british government released some documents on this matter, but it says this morning it will support the victims. protestors are just lived about a pastor who said he wants president obama to die. they carried signs outside steven anderson's church in phoenix yesterday. one of the reasons anderson says he hates the president is obama supports abortion rights.
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he's also praying the president will go to hell? >> i don't believe in everything pastor anderson says. i don't care about obama either way. >> when he was preaching from the pulpit about praying for the death of anyone, our president? there is an insanity. >> it's not the first controversy for pastor anderson this year. the arizona republican reports in april he posted a youtube video claiming he was tasered and beaten by border patrol agents. anderson claimed he refused to let his car be searched at a roadside check point. starting today people will drive on the left side of the road -- on the island of samoa, that is. they are sending used cars back to their families, and that could save a lot of money. critics say this is going to cause wrecks and deaths. alcohol sales are banned for the next three days.
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it may have been a record-breaking time at a festival this weekend in atlanta. check it out. you are looking at about 900 people here trying to set a world record for the largest group to perform the thriller dance at dragon con. people dressed up as zombies, cavemen, and star wars troopers. they're all dancing to michael jackson's classic song there. the fish and gaming convention are hoping to find out this week whether they made the guinness book of world records. you know that movie "alien" with sigourney weaver? i loved it! >> that's my hometown now, i can
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make fun. this is brought to you by zyrtec. it's the last real beach day for the summertime, and we're looking at rain all the way up to virginia beach. look at that low-level circulation. it's going to continue to spread rain through the outer banks and it will be a washout of a day, unfortunately, for you guys. the rain right now is around cincinnati. the heavy downpours are out there. lots of showers and thunderstorms moving in toward central ohio out of cincinnati. more thunderstorms down stream and that's all going to rotate as well. some of it will eventually clip areas like cleveland and pittsburgh and into detroit, too. here's what it looks like. that's a cloudy start. you can see about 63 degrees current temperature up to about 74, 75 today as they get a light rain shower here or there. you might see a delay at the airport because of that but so
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far things are dry at the motor city. rain, though, we have that stretching around the outer banks. it's a circulation just offshore. heavy downpours are in wilmington in towards the cape hatteras area. eventually it's going to get in virginia beach, too. heavy rain out there. might see a little flash flooding. let me show you a video that wasn't nature made flash flooding but it was a busted water main. this is l.a. yesterday morning. it looks like a geyser or old faithful. that was los angeles with a broken water pipe. hopefully things will begin to dry out. how do you catch that quickly? i don't think you can. >> it caused a lot of damage to homes nearby. thanks, bob. police say a teenager wanted his mother dead and found another child willing to make that happen. and a former p.o.w. knows exactly where to look for something he lost 65 years ago.
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like most americans, you're probably trying to save some money these days and the recession has sparked a rise in personal savings. now the government wants to help you save even more. our money expert jennifer westhoven is looking out for you. hey, jen. >> thanks, natasha. we are doing a little bit better in terms of savings, but the white house is saying, look, we're fixing the economy right now, but once had heals, we can't just go back to the days of maximemaxed-out credit cards. >> we have to revive the economy and make it stronger than ever before and make sure folks have the opportunity to save for home, for college or for a rainy day is essential to that effort. >> in his weekly address, he's talking about these changes to lay a stronger foundation where saving is easier and more automatic if you want it. if you work at a small or medium-sized business, you could automatically start a 401(k). that would be easier.
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your tax refund, you could get it as a savings bond if you wanted, and you could stash pay for unused sick days into a 401(k) and get big tax savings on that. end of the weekend, five more banks failed. indiana, missouri, iowa, minnesota. that brings the tally to 89. we haven't seen anything like that since the savings and loan crisis back in the 1980s. the good news is they've pretty much made this seamless for consumers and they transfer it to another bank. two armed men walked into a bank wearing disguises. what made this really freaky here, this robbery, is who they took hostage! kelly saunder's nature valley. ♪ the place that inspires her to go faster...
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indianapolis police released surveillance video of the suchs. you see them wearing masks and wigz. one of them grabbed a little girl as she walked into the bank with her family. he put her in a headlock and pointed a gun at her until the teller finally gave him some cash. >> most robberies, the suspect goes in with a note or communicates very quietly that they are committing a robbery, they want the money, no alarms and they're out the door. they bumped it up another level when they took this little girl hostage. >> scary times. people are getting desperate with the economy. >> police found the getaway car about 20 minutes after the robbery, but they're still looking for the suspects. witnesses say their gun had pink ak cents on it. rapper ludacris gave away about four cars this weekend. ludacris says he's just trying to help. >> we have our own stimulus
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plan, man. we're doing our part as a foundation and an organization to give back. we know it's hard economic times. there's a whole list of events geared towards charity and leading by example. like i said, i'm just doing my part. >> the winners also get a month's worth of free gas. but they have to pay for their own registration, tax and insurance. if you don't love the high price of your high-tech phone, well, hln money expert clark howard has an alternative mobile device that will put more cash into your wallet. >> do you want a cheap way to communicate with people on the go? e-mail, text messaging? i have a way for you to do it and it's something that really originally was geared toward tweenz and teens. it's called the peek. this is a device my
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nine-year-old loves but other people are discovering it. do you know who that is? people who own their own businesses and have to worry about what everyone costs. when you have one of these smart phones like i have, it can end up being so expensive for the e mailing and texting and staying in communication with people. the thing about the peek is that, well, all it does is texting and e-mail. no phone calls at all. but extra cheap. typically about $20 to buy the device and 16 a month for unlimited service. i'm clark howard. for more money-saving tips, go to my web site, cnn.com/clarkhoward. >> clark will teach you how to save more, spend less and avoid getting ripped off. catch him at noon eastern saturdays and sundays only right here on hln. oh, this next story gives me hope for my tennis game.
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after taking time to have a baby, one tennis player was able to pull off a shocker. beating a williams sister! here's rafer with that story. hey, rafer. >> natasha, it means there is life after having a baby. >> hallelujah! >> she's been gone for 2.5 years to start a family. playing in her first major tournament and playing against venus. a former number one sometimes brings her baby to work. six-love, six-four, talk about going back and forth. let's stick with the u.s. open. rafael nadal was treated for stomach injuries. don't worry. this is what happened when he took his shirt off. the ladies seemed to like it. listen. lots and lots of cheering. look at the women with the photo
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opportunities. settle down! he would win in the fourth round. despite about 2,000 of its students coming down with swine flu symptoms, washington state did go ahead with their football game on friday. they had hand sanitizer at every major station. they watched the cougars lose to stanford 39-13. jesse holley returned 39 yards. he won a reality tv show to win a final spot on the cowboys training camp roster. he's never played professional football. he was cut by the team on saturday but he was signed to the practice squad. and two plays of the day from the same game. he hits it to the extremely rare triple play 5-3. that's the first time the brew crew had a triple play, but in the bottom of the 12th, he hits
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a walk-off home run and as he rounds the bases, his teammates fall to the ground and that's it on sports. >> that sounds like a good touchdown. thanks so much, rafer. bob van dillen is here with an air travel update. >> hey, it's labor day. so far so good. we had some thunderstorms across the midwest. stretches in with showers across the mid-atlantic. philadelphia getting some showers later this afternoon. short delays about 30 minutes. washington, d.c. looking at the same situation. light rain, possibility of a delay or two. cincinnati, morning showers or thunderstorms. those are directly overhead now, probably won't head up until late this afternoon. seattle, morning clouds and we're getting some low-level disability issues with the rain. watch for a 30-minute delay there. more weather in about 50 minutes.
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trade center is available for memorials. the new york times reporting that the port authority in new jersey is inviting groups and towns to make request for debris. a report of how the recession has ravaged tourism. those who do come then left. gene in new hampshire telsz us what he hopes to find on his journey. >> we're on fire and no controls, so i gave the order to bail out. >> first lieutenant bernie harding was piloting a b-24 over germany when he was shot down in july 1944.
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the dozen men parachuted out and were greeted by german civilians on the ground. >> two of them had pitch forks and one of them had a rifle. i didn't even get off by the time they were there. >> harding and several squadron members were put in a cellar of a german farmhouse. he was wearing pilot's wings just like these. >> i didn't want the germans to know what my position was, so i took my wings off and buried them. i'm going back to see if i can find the wings after 65 years. >> he remembers exactly where he hid them. >> they're right in the corner i dug the hole so i would really know where they are. >> harding was held at a p.o.w. camp for 12 months before being liberated. he never flew for the u.s. military again but kept in contact with the men on his mission. >> they're all gone now. >> and now bernie and his wife
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ruth will leave their milford home and travel to that german village in search of his wings. a doctor there found people who remember the capture and might be able to find the farmhouse. at 90 years old, he will dig to bring his wings home to new hampshire. >> well, it's an unfinished incident, if you want to call it that way. in fact, when we bailed out, i used to say i never made my last landing. >> in milford, jean mackin, wmur. oprah, remember when she gave her entire audience free cars? wait until you hear what she's planning this week and why not everybody in chicago is happy about it. coc]@
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hey, good morning. it's monday. labor day. hopefully you're off today. fwood morning, i'm natasha curry in for robin meade. 2,000 student are sick on one campus. health officials say the swine flu is likely to get worse as the year goes on. the reality star girlfriend of an nfl player put him under citizen's arrest. wait till you here what she's accused him of doing. protesters outside an arizona church. the message they have for the pastor. a few kids headed back to
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school tomorrow. swine flu on campuses across the country. the worst right now we know of is at washington state university. at least 2,000 students have reported symptoms of the h1n1 flu virus. on our sister network, cnn, the head of the cdc said that that situation's unusual. >> with schools back in session, particularly in the southeast of the u.s. but also in many parts of the country, we're seeing a fair amount of influenza. that's very unusual for this time of the year. >> health officials are racing to get millions of swine flu vaccinations ready. the cdc says the shots won't be ready until next month. president obama's adviser on green jobs, he quit this weekend and he's blaming a vicious smear campaign. van jones resigned following controversy over a petition he signed years ago. it called for an investigation into whether the government deliberately allowed the 9/11 terrorist attacks to happen. the white house says that president obama did not force jones to resign but that jones
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did not want to be a distraction. >> the president and the ceq accepted his says ig nation because van jones, as he says in his statement, he was going to get in the way of the president and ultimately this country moving forward on something as important as creating jobs in a clean energy economy. >> the president should suspend any future appointment of so-called czars while the administration and the congress carefully examines the background and qualifications of the more than 30 individuals who have been appointed to these czar positions. >> jones also made derogatory remarks about republicans in the past. the white house says the president does not endorse jones' controversial comment. one of the largest wildfires in southern california's history is halfway under control. check out these claims. firefighters north of los
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angeles are lighting backfires to keep this thing contained. this is new. officials found two more homes destroyed. that makes at least 78 total. authorities are now trying to find whoever started the fire. there was a sea of pink yesterday in the town where jaycee dugard was kidnapped 18 years ago. about 2,000 people paraded through south lake tahoe here, california, in her favorite color. now, she wasn't there. but organizers raised money for her and her two daughters fathered by her alemged kidnapper. phillip and nancy garrido pleaded guilty to 25 counts in dugard's disappearance. president obama's speech to your kids tomorrow will be nothing more than a pep talk. that's from the education secretary. some parents are even planning to keep their kids home. duncan called that idea, quote, silly. he says it's about taking school seriously, and kids won't be
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forced to watch. >> i think all the drama, all the hoopla at the end of the day, if the president motivates one c student to become a b student, a b student to become an a student, or a student who's thinking about dropping out to take their education seriously, it's worth it. >> there's concerns about it being done in an appropriate manner. i trust and hope the white house will have a content that is not political. >> that was the governor of minnesota. you're going to be able to read a preview of the speech on the white house web sate later on today. a long dispute could be behind a horrific murder suicide in louisiana. a relative says the suspect has attacked her estranged wife before and repeatedly violated a restraining order. he shot and killed her saturday along with her son and 2-year-old grandson. he seriously wounded his pregnant daughter-in-law.
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he killed himself when police tried to pull his car over. take a look at this. this is freaking me out. this is one of the great white sharks seen off of cape cod. now massachusetts beaches are closed. i can't say massachusetts this morning. maybe it's because i'm scared. these sharks are rare in new england. a shark expert reported as many as five about a mile from a swimming area. two were tagged. the scientists can now track them. the state says this is the first time a great white was tagged in the atlantic. oh, yes. be careful if you're in that area and about to think about swimming. maybe don't even think about it. an nfl player was arrested after being accused of attacking his girlfriend reality tv star tila tequila. rafer, what's going on? >> the san diego chargers linebacker shawne merriman was arrested sunday, accused of choking and restraining that woman. police were called to merriman's home about 3:45 sunday morning
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by the 27-year-old. she charged merriman with battery and false imprisonment, both felonies. nguyen staffed in a reality show on mtv that ran in '07 and '08. investigators believed she had been drinking. merriman's attorney denied all the allegations. >> thank you. a crack in the san francisco/oakland bay bridge could make for a commuting nightmare for hundreds of thousands of people. it may not be fixed by tomorrow. workers are working around the clock to replace a steel link. the bridge closed for repairs. that's when workers discovered the crack. okay. time now to get a check on your holiday weather. is it going to be looking nice. it's officially off the northeast coast where the shark
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sightings are. >> the other good story is it's labor day. i look immediately at you and i'm like, please, please. >> no labor. >> a couple areas we're watching now, one across the ohio valley. that's an upper level low. it's a cold pocket air, mid levels, upper levels of the atmosphere. it's generating decent storms this morning. the other area is the circulation just off the carolina coast. national hurricane center is taking a look at this as a 30% chance of turning into a tropical cyclone, depression or storm. be watching this at least over the next 24 to 48 hours. right now a heavy shot of rain for the outer banks of. zero in towards the cincinnati radar. as it swings around, most of the action is north and to the east of the city itself. downstream from here around louisville, the beginning stages of more rain. all headed in towards that
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regi region. a stormy morning. southwest part of pennsylvania, showers just falling shy of pittsburgh. ultimately pulling in towards clooe cleveland. zoom in towards the outer banks. most from the outer banks to the southern part of the carolina coast. if you're here for labor day weekend, it's there for the entire morning into the afternoon. a wa in florida, so far nothing out there. out west, high pressure dominating across the rocky mountains with a weak low in towards montana. rain coming in from seattle. a wind storm in western washington. that was yesterday evening.
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cold front slamming by. winds gusting to over 60 miles an hour. funnel clouds in the air not touching down to form a tornado. the clean-up continue this is morning. trees down, power lines town as well. >> my friend sent me a text message and said it did some damage. she had no idea until her mom called her. she must have been sleeping well. oprah winfrey is taking over chicago's famous michigan avenue for the next three days. police are going to shut down three blocks so she can tape her talk show which is based in chicago. some look at this whole thing as good publicity for the city. some cab drivers say they're going to lose big. >> i think it's going to be a mess. it's going to be terrible for the cab drivers and also those who use that street all the time. >> this is the opportunity to have one of chicago's greatest marketers to market the city of chicago. it's a wonderful gift. it's a wonderful gift in a time
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period that has seen a real tough, tough economic downturn and we're trying to dig out of it. if oprah wants to help us, that's great. >> the show is her 24th season premiere. been on the air for a long time. one woman went on trial this morning for doing what many women do every day. her alleged crime, wearing pants in public. we ju we just got word of a ruling. discover gives you a cash back
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jones signed it back in 2004. here's exactly what it said -- "a call for immediate inquiry into evidence that suggests high-level government officials may have deliberately allowed the september 11th attacks to occur." an excerpt from that petition. well, jones said on friday, "i do not agree with this statement, and it certainly does not reflect my views now or ever." >> okay. >> so, that's what the statements are. >> all right. so, richard, what about this -- an administration source says that jones didn't carefully read the petition's language before he signed it, but you know, this isn't the first time jones has caused controversy, either. >> no. i've got an example for you here. his mouth landed him in hot water before. jones used vulgar language to describe republicans in february before his white house job. listen to this video from youtube. >> how are the republicans able to push things through when they had less than 60 senators, but somehow, we can't? >> well, the answer to that is
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they're [ bleep ]. >> yeah. also, jones was quoted on the rodney king case in a bay area newspaper in 2005. he talked there, natasha, about his reaction to the acquittals in the 1992 police beating. you might remember jones saying, "by august, i was a communist." he was describing his sense of radicalization at that time, natasha. >> all right, richard. thank you for the update. appreciate it. you know, money is tight right now, but you might get a big break on your home heating costs this winter. i'm loving this. our money expert, jennifer westhoven, is here to tell us about some big potential savings. i'm excited because my husband now can't say he can't turn up the heat because it will cost more. i'll say it will cost less! >> that's true. it's a similar dynamic in my house. maybe for everybody out there, maybe ladies all over, you don't have to put on the sweaters. turn it all a little. we'll see. this is if you heat with natural gas. your utility bill could be 20%
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lower this year. that's good news in a bad economy where money is tight. but natural gas prices are near seven-year lows. keep in mind, they're like oil, they can shoot up. they fluctuate on supply and demand. but take a look. we are looking at prices that are half of what we were looking at last year. you can see the chart there where things are just plunging. it's partly because factories aren't humming at the same level, right? we're in a recession, so they're using less energy. there's more out there. in fact, there's some talk about where they're going to store all of the extra natural gas right now. now, that's what you'll be paying come winter, but what about what you're maybe paying today when you grass gas up your car? summer vacation season is over. you should be seeing pretty reasonable prices out there. latest national average from aaa is $2.58. and i know it's different wherever you live, but it should look pretty reasonable compared to what you saw all summer and definitely reasonable compared to what we were paying a year ago today. natasha, back to you. oh, first, our teenage story. maybe you know a teen. maybe you're the parent and you
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think they should get off their tushies and go get a job, but it is really a lot harder for them to get a job these days. they're not just saying that. teenagers are looking at the toughest job market for their age group that we've seen in 60 years. more than a quarter of teens out there who are really trying to get jobs can't. "the new york times" talked about the fact that it's because a lot of the jobs aren't there anymore, and when they are there, there are older people, adults and seniors competing for those jobs, too. back to you. >> sure. hearing a lot of that as well. jen, thank you so much. good point to make. >> is that a shot we're working in? it looked good. >> where is it? okay, we'll get it back. we'll do some research. okay, so, a little boy disappeared in the middle of a custody dispute and now police say that his mother was actually years. it hard to breathe.
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rafer, it's pretty big of him to say he's sorry. >> you know what, natasha, it is big of him, but at the same time, what else was he going to do? basically, he had to say sorry for the sucker punch. that's what legarrette blount said after byron hout taunted him after the broncos won on friday. remember, we showed you this video. now, blount called hout and boise state coach peterson, both to say he was sorry over the weekend. peterson tried to break it up, on the right there. also, oregon coach kelly made a conciliatory call. this guy was suspended for the entire year by the team. hout, though, was not suspended at all, and the pac-10 commissioner said he was not happy with that, he wanted punishment for hout for taunting. speaking of fights, a big one broke out at canada's lacrosse championship on friday. this is the tame part of it. this is between the new westminster salmonbellies and this player falls to the ground.
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that's when this gets out of control. watch these guys start wailing on each other. it lasts like ten minutes. 173 penalty minutes saturday. one player was suspended. >> ow! >> one player. and each team was fined a whopping $1,000. i guess they don't mind fights. a nice moment before nascar's race in atlanta. 13-year-old cancer survivor jody lawrence designed a paint job on carl edwards' car and she did a bang-up job. september is child cancer awareness month. then for the first time, they raced under the lights at atlantis motor speedway. get this, 111,000 people turned out to watch. what recession? kasey kahne took home the checkered flag and moved up five spots in the sprint cup standings. also, the first lady of racing, danica patrick, could be coming to nascar, soon. danica's friend, tony stewart, said he can pretty much guarantee danica will move from indy cars to stock cars in the next year or two. but i'll tell you, natasha, that transition has been tough for
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some drivers. nascar cars are heavier, harder to move. we'll see what happens. >> uh huh, but danica's got some determination. i want to see her whoop some of the boys. i'm just saying. >> thanks. >> come on, go, danica. all right, let's check in with bob van dillen. >> we've seen her start fights, haven't we? remember? >> yeah. >> she's pretty funny, with the big helmet walking down the runway. picking a fight. >> that a girl. good for her. >> good morning, everybody. let me show you what's going on, save for flight explorer. you're zeroed in on the covington area, the cincinnati airport. here's what it looks like, big stream of rain towards the north, moving to the northeast, too. more thunderstorms downstream of there. here's what we have for the day. i think we'll see those off and on for most of the morning, showers creeping into the northeast, too. areas around philadelphia, watch out for short delays, d.c., same thing. miami, cincinnati, cleveland, detroit, seattle, light showers. morning fog towards st. louis. more in a bit. natasha. >> a lot of delays. all right, thank you, bob. well, twoeld ywe told you a
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seen the outdoors. it was actually very sad. surprisingly, ricky is in very good spirits. for someone who's been isolated in that house with no other outside beings, he's very, very social, very polite, very talkative little boy. >> well, the boy's mother, seen here, and his grandmother, were arrested and charged, and affiliate wsil says that a man living in the home was arrested yesterday. a crowd of protestors met a pastor outside his church yesterday. they are outraged that steven anderson says that he is praying for president obama to die. ryan o'donnell from our affiliate ktvk has this story. >> reporter: it's honk for real love, not hate. that's the message these people are trying to get across,
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through words -- ♪ -- and music, a protest in response to this comment made by pastor steven anderson during one of his sermons. >> i hate barack obama. you say, well, you just mean you don't like what he stands for. no, i hate the person. oh, you mean you just don't like his policies. no, i hate him! break his teeth, oh, god, in his mouth. you know, as a snail would smelt it, let him pass away. >> reporter: a church teaching that's not sitting too well with people. >> when people are preaching from a pulpit about praying for the death of anyone -- our president? there's an insanity. >> he's not using his freedom of speech, but i think he is abusing the freedom of the pulpit. >> reporter: we went to talk to pastor anderson in between services today. the cameras were not allowed inside, but he did poke his head out for a moment to give us a quick comment about the love and peace rally going on outside his
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storefront church. >> do you want him to die, sir? >> i'm not changing anything i have said, absolutely not. >> so you want the president of the united states to die? >> you want the president to die of cancer? >> do you hate the president? >> absolutely. >> reporter: one of his attendees talked to us. >> i don't believe in what he says. that's his belief. to me, i don't care about obama either way. >> reporter: obama or anybody else. these people just don't want the word of hate being preached in church. >> we're just here to stop the hatred, because it's about peace. >> and thanks to ryan o'donnell from our affiliate ktvk for that story. well, labor day came early for an arizona couple who delivered their baby on the side of the road. oh, what a cutie! now, the parents were rushing to the hospital friday, but the little one just wouldn't wait, so they pulled into a parking lot and a 911 operator talked dad through the delivery. mom says that her friend
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30 minutes past the hour. washington state university could be the site of one of the largest school outbreaks of swine flu. officials say at least 2,000 students have had symptoms of the h1n1 virus. they think the outbreak started during fraternity and sorority rush weeks ago. the fire in los angeles is now halfway under control. look at these flames, though. it's been burning more than ten days. fire officials don't expect it to be completely out for more than a week now. the fire killed two firefighters and destroyed at least 78 homes. the u.n.'s nuclear watchdog says the situation regarding iran's nuclear program has reached a stalemate. the iaea chief says that iran
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hasn't stopped its nuclear activities or cleared up questions about their possible military use. the agency is meeting in vienna today and it could push for tougher sanctions against iran. and welcome back. happy holiday to you. i'm natasha curry in for robin meade. it's labor day, in case you're wondering. we have seen signs of a possible compromise on health care reform. nebraska senator ben nelson says he could support bringing in a public insurance option but would only want it to kick in if private insurers don't expand coverage or cut costs. nelson and other moderates are believed crucial to getting something passed. president obama will deliver a prime time speech on health care wednesday. >> all the ideas are on the table, david. the president set forth principles at the beginning of this discussion, at the beginning of the year, and now all the ideas are on the table and the president will say we agree on 80% of this. let's do the final 20%, let's
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get the job done and here's how i think we should do it. >> he's at, i think, a strategic crossroads. if he comes in wednesday night with a better version of what they've said for the last three months, i think clearly, the country will conclude that he is not listening, and i think that they will then have to try to ram a bill through in a very partisan way. >> obama's spokesman is refusing to say whether the president would veto a public bill about a public option, though. and president obama's adviser on green jobs quit this weekend and he's blaming a vicious smear campaign. van jones resigned following controversy over a petition that he signed years ago. let's get to correspondent richard lui for more on this. richard, okay, fox tv's glenn beck loudly condemned jones. what's the back story? >> there are details going back and forth, but listen to this. jones was a co-founder of colorofchange.org, and recently, that group has been pressing advertisers to boycott beck's
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program after beck called president obama a racist. jones was not involved in the group's efforts against beck, though. colorofchange.org lists jones as inactive as well. the president of beck's organization says the conservative commentator was focusing on jones before the group started taking on beck. so, there you go. >> okay, so, richard, kind of curious, more about jones' background. do you have more on that? >> specifically, in terms of the interest of van jones. jones was a civil rights activist before shifting his attention to environmental and energy issues. he wrote a best-selling book called "the green collar economy." the democratic strategist saying jones' controversy may show republicans trying to trip up obama's presidency. >> they're going to keep gunning. i mean, look, this administration has the potential to be fdr or jimmy carter, and i think the republicans are going to do everything they can to make him jimmy carter -- i mean to create a failed presidency. that's, unfortunately, what many of them want. >> now, a gop strategist says
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that republicans are not the root of the administration's problems, though. take a listen. >> presidents don't come down by what the opposition party -- and that's what we are, we're an opposition party. >> the white house released word of jones' resignation in the middle of the night on a holiday weekend and they have said jones left voluntarily. >> okay, richard. an interesting development. thank you. well, it may have been a record-breaking time at a sci-fi festival this weekend in atlanta. ♪ >> all right, you're looking at about 900 people in costume trying to set a world record for the largest group to perform the thriller dance. this has been going on here in downtown atlanta. people dressed up as zombies, cavemen, star wars storm troopers here, while dancing to the michael jackson classic. i really wanted to go. i was too embarrassed over the
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weekend to ask anyone to go with me, but i was kind of hoping that bob might actually, you know -- >> no. >> bob, will you go with me? it ends today. >> i'd escort you, but i don't know. i'd fit in pretty well. it's amazing, they choreographed all that stuff one weekend in the burger king's basement. >> i love it, though, bob? >> atlanta was packed. we had that, we had the race going on. >> football games. >> the weather's been pretty good, too. for the last couple days we've seen decent weather coming in, but now watching the tropics pick up little bit. we're looking at an area of low pressure right off the carolinas. that's tropical in nature, so we're going to be watching this over the next 24 hours for possible development. that's one spot. another spot has just exited the african coast. let me show you this coming in, because the satellite shows it pretty well. i circled that with a circle on the right-hand part of the screen. that could be a tropical depression by the end of the day. you see how far it is, cape verde storm, 150 miles south of
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the islands. if that turns into something, it would be pretty much tropical depression five. that's the number we're on right now. either way, things beginning to heat on up. rain showers/thunderstorms along the carolina coastline, again, underneath the clouds. that's a washout for you, eastern north carolina. then more rain, more thunderstorms coming out of kentucky, lower indiana, going on in towards lower parts of ohio right now. you can see the radar picture. as we zero into cleveland, most of the action is to the north pulling away, but downstream, flashes towards louisville, all moving in this direction and ultimately into cleveland. cleveland right now, just gray skies and low clouds. we'll get delays at the airport because of this. so far, dry. no rain right now. give it more time. we'll see more showers pop up here and we'll also watch for more rain to develop down to the south. let me also take you live to miami, florida. if you're traveling down in south florida today, showers and thunderstorms down here. >> oh, pretty. >> look at the big clouds building up. awesome sight there. 83 for a high today for miami
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with scattered showers and thunderstorms developing. typical labor day weather for you in southern florida. but that is one shot you could stay on forever. just looking real nice. >> yes. >> especially if you live in oregon or washington state where it's cold this morning. enjoy that tropical stuff. >> and that tornado possibly in washington state. >> washington state over the weekend, yeah. >> i'll take miami's weather. thank you so much, bob. so, talking about labor day, too, it means the end of the summer. historically, it's the peak of hurricane season, so we'll get more on that later from bob as well. all right, so, a rapper -- you know, he won a grammy, ludacris. well, now he's got his own stimulus plan. how he stepped in to help some people struggling to make ends meet. also ahead, the irs has some new rules that might actually help you save some money. welcome to the now network. right now five coworkers
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what tips do you have to maintain your self-esteem? can you share it with the rest of us? maybe it will help us as well. go to cnn.com/robin. there is a "contact us" button. hit that and e-mail us your information. or do an i-report. i'd love to see you. every day, we're going to choose one winner from those answers who's going to win a free, autographed copy of my new book, out september 10th. it's called "morning sunshine: how to radiate confidence and feel it, too." there is a grand prize winner and you'll win a trip to atlanta so we can meet you. cool. >> and we're going to announce today's winner in just about 20 minutes, 9:00 a.m. eastern, coming up. all right, so, a world war ii pilot is headed back to germany to find his wings. 90-year-old bernie harding had pilots wings like these pinned to his uniform 65 years ago, but he hid them when his b-24 bomber was shot down and he became a prisoner of war.
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>> i didn't want the civilians to know what my position was on the plane, so i took my wings off and i dug a little hole and i buried them. so, i'm going back to see if i can find the wings. >> they were buried in the cellar of a german farmhouse where harding spent ten months as a p.o.w. rapper and actor ludacris gave away 20 cars this weekend. about 4,000 people entered his contest to write about their struggles to keep their jobs without a car. now, ludacris says he's just trying to help out. >> we have our own stimulus plan, man. we're just doing our part as a foundation, as an organization to give back. you know, it's hard economic times. and like i said, luda day weekend, it's geared towards events and charity, giving back, leading by example. with great power comes great responsibili responsibility. and i'm just doing my part. >> did luda hook them up with nice rims? they also get a month worth of free gas, but they have to pay for their own registration, tax
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and insurance. okay, so, like most americans, you're probably trying to save more money these days. the recession has sparked a rise in personal savings, and now the government wants to help you save even more money. what's this about? our money expert jennifer westhoven's looking out for you. hey, jen. >> thanks, natasha. so many of the financial experts say that making it automatic is key to making it easier for you to save. well, the white house right now, look, they're focused on fixing the economy, but once it heals, the president's saying we can't go back to the days of maxed-out credit cards, so they're looking at things that are more automatic. check it out. >> we have to revive this economy and rebuild it stronger than before. and making sure that folks have the opportunity and the incentive to save for a home or college, for retirement or a rainy day is essential to that effort. >> so, that was the president in his weekly radio address -- weekly address. and they're talking about these changes to make saving easier and more automatic.
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one is if you work at a smaller, midsized business, you could automatically be enrolled into a 401(k) savings plan, if you want. your tax refund, you could get it the way you do now or you could get it as a savings bond. or you could stash pay for unused vacation days into your 401(k), another way that might help you save. now, just to keep check, over the weekend, five more banks failed in missouri, illinois, iowa and arizona. so, our total count so far for the year is 89, something we haven't seen since the savings and loan crisis back in the 1980s. and hundreds more are expected to fail. the good news is, for the most part, if you're a consumer, if you're a depositor at one of these banks, the fdic has made this very seamless. basically, all of your money gets transferred to a different bank and it still works. you can still use your checks. back to you. >> that's good news, then. thank you, jen. so, police say two armed men walked into a bank wearing disguises, but what really made this robbery scary is who they
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two men took an 11-year-old girl hostage during a bank robbery. indianapolis police released surveillance video of the suspects. check it out here. they wore masks and wigs. police say one of these guys grabbed the little girl as she walked into the bank with her family. he put the 11-year-old girl in a headlock and pointed a gun at her until the teller handed over some cash. >> most robberies, the suspect goes in with a note or communicates very quietly that they are committing a robbery. they want the money, no alarms and they're out the door. they bumped it up another level when they took this little girl hostage. >> scary. scary times. people are getting desperate with the economy. >> i don't know, i think it's enough to change us to a new bank. >> police found the getaway car 20 minutes after the robbery but are still looking for the suspects. witnesses say their gun had pink accents on it.
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after taking time to have a baby, one tennis player was able to pull off quite the shocker, beating one of the williams sisters? what's this about, rafer? pretty cool. >> well, you know what, natasha, it is, because i know a couple of women who are afraid that there is no life after having a baby. well, kim clijsters is proof that that is not true. from belgium. now, she had been gone from tennis for over two years to have a baby girl, and now she's playing in her first majors tournament against venus. and the former number one herself won an amazing match. it was 6-0, 0-6, 6-4. talk about back and forth. meanwhile, venus losing means her sister serena is the only top five player left in the women's draw. lots of upsets in the u.s. open. and no upsets here. rafael nadal was treated for stomach muscle problems during his third-match win. when nadal took his shirt off, listen to the reaction. cheering. oh, what that must be like.
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then look at this, the lady snapping the photos. oh, settle down. he would go on to win. next up for him is the frenchman in the fourth round. despite 2,000 students coming down with swine flu symptoms, washington state went forward with its football game saturday against stamford. they had hand sanitizer all over the place at every concession stand. vendors wore plastic gloves and over 22,000 people turned out to watch the cougars fall to stamford, 39-13. and this is a real-life rudy story. dallas cowboy jesse holly returning a punt here, 82 yards for a score in preseason on friday. that's pretty hard. well, he also made the team through a reality tv show hosted by former cowboy michael irvin, and he lasted until the cowboys made their final cuts on saturday, but they kept him on the practice squad. he's never played pro football. >> that is so cool. i love it. and two plays of the day from the same game. giants and brewers. aaron rowand hits into the
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triple play. it's been ten years since milwaukee had one of those. then in the bottom of the 12th, tied at 1-1. prince fielder hits the walk-off home run, but he reached home plate and watch what teammates do as he stomps on the plate. they all collapse because he's big. >> nice little move there. all right, thanks, rafer. >> oh, at the top of the hour, an nfl player is arrested for allegedly choking his reality star girlfriend. natasha? >> rafer, thanks. if you don't love the high price of your high-tech phone -- bob -- hln money expert clark howard has a mobile device that will help you get more cash in your wallet. >> do you want a cheap way to communicate with people on the go, e-mail, text messaging? well, i have a way for you to do it, and it's something that really was originally geared towards tweens and teens. it's called the peep, and this
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device is one that my 9-year-old loves. but somebody else is discovering it. you know who that is? people who own their own businesses and have to worry about what everything costs. you get one have to worry about what everything costs. you get one of these fancy smart phones like i have and it can be so expensive because of the e-mails and texting. the thing about the peek is that well, all it does is texting and e-mailing. no phone calls at all. but extra cheap. typically about 20 bucks to buy the device and 16 a month for unlimited service. i'm clark howard. for more money saving tips, go to my website, cnn.com/clarkhoward. >> clark will teach you how to save more, spend less. catch him saturdays and sundays right here on hln. he was talking about high-tech
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phones and i was teasing bob because rafer says bob has a really old phone. >> the flash doesn't have a flash. it is pretty old. good morning. if you're traveling today, let me take you live to miami. the tropical nature, you had it. look at those gorgeous clouds. it's going to be a warm one, 88 degrees. not a washout. what about the rest of the region? watch your showers around the mid-atlantic, philadelphia, half hour delays here. washington, d.c., might get a half hour delay. cincinnati, you've been under the gun. seattle, low clouds and rain for the first half of today. we'll look at the weather again in about 16 minutes.
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>> thanks. he was supposed to ignite the market for green jobs, but instead, he ignited a controversy. one of president obama's aides called it quits this weekend. what the white house is saying about his downfall. one might be surprised. twelve. no. uh, excuse me! four? one... would think it would take that many washes. ten? man & woman: okay, we got it this time. yes? it's six. sen. man & woman: okay, wewhy? it this time. why is... one-derfully bright, hmm? oh, one... yes, yes! hundred. cheer brightclean. surprisingly bright in just one wash.
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mississippi say the van plunged over an interstate and overturned. protesters are livid about a pastor who says he wants president obama to die. they carried signs outside his church yesterday. one of the reasons he says he hates the president is because mr. obama supports abortion rights and is praying the president will go to hell. >> i don't with everything he says. i don't care about obama either way. >> when people are preaching from a pulpit about praying for the death of anyone, our president, there's some insanity. >> this isn't the first controversy for pastor anderson.
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in april, he posted a youtube video claiming he was tasered and beaten by border patrol agents. check out this mess, would you. this -- here. yeah. police in long island, new york say the suspected drunk driver hit a speed bump, went airborne and crashed into the second floor of this house. the impact was so strong the jeep actually got stuck vertically and only the driver was slightly injured. he was later arrested on dwi charges. police in florida say a 15-year-old tried to have his own mother killed. he's accused of asking a 13-year-old friend to ambush her friday night in his driveway. the boy slashed her with a kitchen knife and ran when it broke. local media report that is the
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son took the friend, told the friend that the killing would be a club initiation. britain is facing new accusations of alleged back door deals to get libyan oil. some survivors of terrorist attacks say the government refused to help them get compensation for libya. libya reportedly supplied explosives to the ira which used them in britain. this adds to suspicions about last month's decision to release the lockerbie bomber. a couple skipped the church over the weekend. their ceremony was at the harley davidson dealership. >> it was because of the bike. i went for a ride. >> the rest is history. i think we'd like to ride out to the grand canyon. >> there is plenty of chrome. oprah is no stranger to big
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happy morning to you. i'm natasha curry in ftoday. the swine flu's likely to get worse on one college campus as the year goes on. here's something you don't want to run into on your beach vacation. a registers sex offender completed probation and is now trying to start over as an
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ordained minister. if you have kids going back to school tomorrow, health officials say they're starting to see swine flu cases across the country. the worst now is at washington state university. at least 2,000 students have reported symptoms of the h1n1 flu virus. >> with schools back in session, particularly in the southeast of the u.s., but also in many parts of the country, we're seeing a fair amount of influenza. that's very unusual for this time of the year. >> health officials are racing to get millions of vaccinations ready and the cdc says they won't be ready until next month. president obama's adviser on green jobs quit this weekend and he's blaming a vicious smear campaign. van jones called for an investigation into whether the government allowed the 9/11
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terrorist attacks to happen. the white house says that president obama did not force jones to resign, but that jones didn't want to be a distraction. >> the president, then the ceo accepted his resignation because he understood that he was going to get in the way of the president and ultimately this country moving forward on something as important as creating jobs. the president should suspend any future appointment of so-called czars while the administration and congress carefully examine the background and qualificati n qualifications of the more than 30 individuals who have been appointed to these czar positions. >> jones also made der rogatory comments about republicans in the past and that president obama does not endorse jones' controversial comments. the california wildfire is now about halfway under control.
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some 4600 firefighters north of los angeles are lighting backfires to keep it contained. officials found two more homes destroyed. that makes at least 78 homes total. and authorities are now trying to find who ever started this fire. it was a sea of pink yesterday in the town where jaycee dugard was kidnapped 18 years ago. about 2,000 people paraded around south lake ta toe, california, in her favorite color. she wasn't there, but organizers raised money for her and her two daughters. phillips and nancy garrido pleaded guilty to 29 counts in her disappearance. president obama's speech to your kids tomorrow will be nothing more than a pep talk. critics have worried that the the president would get political with students and some parents are planning on keeping their kids home. duncan called that idea silly
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and kids won't be forced to watch. >> i think all the drama, all the hoopla, at the end of the day if the president motivated one student, one student thinking about dropping out to stay in school, it's all worth it. >> there's concerns about the disruption. there's also concerns about is this going to be done in an appropriate manner. i hope the white house will have a content that is not political. >> that was tim pawlenty, governor of minnesota there. you're going to be able to read a preview of the speech on the white house website later today. a long dispute could be behind a horrific murder-suicide in louisiana. a relative says they violated a restraining record. police say he shot and killed her on saturday along with their
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son and two-year-old grandson. he also wounded his pregnant daughter-in-law. a crack in the san francisco oakland bay bridge could make for a commuting nightmare for hundreds of thousands of people who use the bridge. the bridge may not be fixed by tomorrow. crews are working around the clock to fix it. an nfl player was arrested after being accused of attacking his girlfriend, tila tequila. here's rafer with more. >> shawne merriman was arrested sunday accused of battery and false imprisonment. police were called to the home sunday morning by tila, the 27-year-old filed a citizen's arrest warrant and choked her
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and kept her from leave iing th home. she starred in a show on mtv in '07 and '08. police believe she had been drinking. >> thank you so much, rafer. we want you to take a look at this. one of the great white sharks. seen off cape cod. so massachusetts beaches, some are closed now. i don't blame them. look how big these suckers are. these are rare in new england, but they're showing up. a short expert reported as many as five about a mile from a swimming area and two were tagged and scientists could be tracking them. the state says it's the first time a great white was tagged in the atlantic. yeah. bob was telling me earlier that maybe this wasn't the first -- i don't know. jaws was made up there some where, you said. >> it was in martha's vineyard in the '70s.
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those are more teeth than fish. two things i hate, sharks and jellyfish. >> they can swallow you howhole. >> good morning to you. let met show you what's happening. we have an upper level low across the ohio valley. it's going to be here for a while and not get booted out anytime soon. scattered showers and thunderstorms evolving. it's going to be like this for the next couple of days. taking you live to the tower cam, cloudy skies now, one wave of showers and storms this morning. downstream for you near louisville. another patch of thunderstorms getting together. it's going to be an active morning, no doubt about that. but the heaviest rain will be felt across the carolina outer banks. here's wilmington and the national hurricane center is watch thg for any kind of ú forming of an organization to
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it. hopefully it doesn't turn into a tropical system, but has plenty of moisture to work with now. the rain is just coming ashore and will continue. we're watching that to about the border with south carolina. down south a little farther, some scattered showers in georgia. watch for the thunderstorms right there. then out west, things are okay from california towards northern parts of washington, but rain showers are out there. let me show you some flooding, but it wasn't a result of any rainstorm. it was right in downtown los angeles with a water main break. that's what happens when you flush too much tp down there. just pouring out like nuts. it's great video. >> i heard this was in the studio city area. that's quite a mess. thanks, bob. okay, so a little boy who
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we now have more on the resignation of president obama's adviser on green jobs. van jones quitting following controversy over the petition he signed years ago. richard lui has detailed on that. >> it calls for an investigation on the u.s. government's response to the september 11 attacked. he signed it in 2004. it says quote, a call for immediate inquiry into efd that suggests high-level government officials may have allowed the attacks to occur. and jones saying friday, quote, i do not agree with the
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statement and it does not reflect my views now or ever. >> a source jones didn't carefully read the language in the petition, but this isn't the first time he's caused controversy. >> no. his mouth landed him in hot water before. listen to this video from youtube. >> how are the republicans able to push things through when they have -- but somehow we can't? >> the answer to that is [ bleep ]. >> yeah, he said it again also in that tape. jones was quoted on the rodney king case in 2005 as well. he talked then about his reaction to the acquittals in the 1992 police beating. he said quote, by august, i was a communist, end quote. he was describing evidently his sense of radicalization.
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a registered sex offender is about to be ordained as a minister in kentucky. he severed nearly five years in prison for sexually abusing a boy in 1998. >> i had no intentions when i joined this church of being ordained but i felt because of the acceptance and love and the way pastor randy has reached out to me that god can use me to reach out to those people that need that hope and light. >> some church members are  worried he's going to reoffend. the pastor says he will sign an agreement that he will agree not to administer to children. you might get a big break on your heating costs this wind.
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jennifer westhoven is here to tell us more. >> we've got to do a story that bob can handle. this one is good. your heating bill. this winter could be as much as 20% lower. that's good news in a bad economy. natural gas prices near seven-year lows. they're like oil. they can really flux wait. it's all trading, but it looks good right now. from last year to know, prices have been cut in half. big slide there. it's partly because there's a lot of supply. the companies have gotten good at pulling it from under the ground, but also because of the recession. lot of factories are using less, so a lot more supply. we've hit the end of driving season, too. natural gas is something you'll be paying in your heating bill,
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but what about at the pump? gas prices should look pretty reasonable. $2.58 for a gallon of self-serve. tight economy, you've got kids and are thinking get off your tush, get a job, pitch in. it is a lot harder for them to get jobs these days. teenagers are looking at the toughest job market for their age group in 60 years. "the new york times" reports that not only are there fewer teen jobs, jobs you would think are just part time or over the summer, there are adults competing for these jobs as well these days. that looks tasty. maybe you want to find out the latest spot, you say we're starting right here. >> little cloudy in atlanta. i think we're going to get some
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delays shortly. we have a lot of folks trying to leave town with all the conventions we had, the football game. partly cloudy skies, no delay right now, but maybe shortly. the rest of the region, near the ohio valley, talk about big thunderstorms. we had them near louisville. they're going to stretch into the region. watch for delays to develop later around cincinnati. five to ten hours. d.c. metro, philadelphia, miami, cincinnati, seattle, all short delays. out west, some fog delays. oprah's no stranger to big stunts. remember when she gave her audience free cars? you get a car. you get a car. you get a car. we'll tell you what she's doing this week and why not everyone in chicago is so happy. ♪ - hello! - ha!
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a boy missing for nearly two years was found alive but behipd
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a wall in his grandmother's home. ricky chekevida will be seven next week. police found him on friday with his mother in a secret room about the height of a washing machine. the boy disappeared soon after his dad won temporary custody in 2007. >> we let him out of the car and he ran around like he had never seen the outdoors. it was actually very sad. >> surprisingly, ricky is in very good spirits. for someone who's been isolated in that house, he's very social. very polite. very talkative little boy. >> the boy's mother seen here and his grandmother were arrested and charged and wsil says a man living in the home was arrested yesterday. what tips do you have to maintain your self-esteem? can you share it with us? go to cnn.com/robin.
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hit the contact us button, or do an ireport. every day, we'll choose one winner who's going to win a free copy of my new book. there is a grand prize winner and you're going to get a trip to atlanta to we can meet you. cool. >> and what else is cool? we're just 20 minutes away from announcing today's winner, so stick around for that. a college football player has said that he's sorry for punching an opposing player in the face. here's rafer with that. he also roughed up his teammate, too. >> he's definitely going to be sorry because he's suspended the entire year. legarrette blount did call and apologize. now, hout taunted blount and blount went and punched him. he not only called and
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apologized to hout, but also, chris peterson, the coach, who was trying to break it up. his coach also made a conciliatory call. hout though not suspended at all. the pac-10 commissioner told "the new york times" he wasn't happy about that and thought the other kid should get a suspension as well. a huge fight broke out in canada's la crosse championship. we showed you some tame stuff, but look here after a player is hit and falls to the ground, look how out of control it gets. it just keeps on going. it lasted for about ten minutes. 173 penalty minutes. unbelievable. saturday, one player was later suspended and each team was fined a measly $1,000. >> this is the man cup. >> that's a look at sports.
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>> thanks, rafer. moving on here. we told you about an arizona pastor who says he wants the pit to die. now hear what protestors outside his church had to say. ever worn your clothes in the shower?
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child. i thought i was going to be there until the paramedics got there. i was sure of it. once she told me, oh, it's coming now, it all changed. >> mom says that her friend actually predicted a roadside delivery weeks ago. i would keep that friend handy for later things. a long dispute could be behind a horrific murder-suicide in louisiana. a neighbor says she violated a restrainer order. police say he shot and killed her saturday and seriously wounded his pregnant daughter-in-law. he killed himself when police tried to pull him over in his
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car. this gives a whole new meaning to the word highway. police in oklahoma say they found more than 200 pot plants sitting on the road. they think they might have been thrown out during a domestic dispute. the plants could be worth about $500,000. police say the crew burned a plants with diesel fuel. police want to know why a prison van drove off an embankment and crashed right here. the driver was killed. a guard and two prisoners were critically injured. investigators say the van plunged right off an interstate and overturned. everyone on board had to be cut out of the wreckage. protesters are just livid about a pastor who says he wants president obama to die. one of the reasons he said he hates the president, hates him,
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is because mr. obama supports abortion rights and he's also praying that the president will go to hell. >> i don't want agree with everything he says. that's his own beliefs. to me, i don't care about obama either way. >> when people are preaching from a pulpit about praying for the death of anyone, our president, there's some insanity. >> it's not the first controversy for the pastor this year. in april, he posted a youtube video claiming he was tasered and beaten by border patrol agents. he refused to allow his car to be searched at a check point. starting today, people will drive on the left side of oo road on the island of samoa. critics say it's going to cause wrecks and death. alcohol sales are banned for the next three days.
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a world war ii vet trying to find something he hasn't seen in 65 years.
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washington state university could be the site of one of the largest school outbreaks of swine flu. officials say at least 2,000 students have had symptoms of the h1n1 virus and think it started during rush two weeks ago. that deadly wildfire near los angeles is now 56% contained. this is about 5% from last night. up from that. it's been burning for more than ten days now. officials say they don't expect it to be out for more than a week. it's killed two firefighters. shawne merriman was arrested
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this weekend and charged with allegedly choking his girlfriend, reality tv star, tila tequila. merriman was taken to jail, but released. his lawyer disputed the charges and tequila was taken to the hospital. welcome back. it's labor day. hopefully you're off today, relaxing on the couch or something. we are seeing signs of a possible compromise on health care reform. ben nelson says he could support bringing in a public insurance option, but would only want it to kick in if private insurers don't cut costs. other moderates are believed to be crucial in getting something passed. president obama will deliver a prime time speech wednesday. >> the president sed forth principles at the beginning of the year and now, all ideas are on the table and the president will say, we agree on 80% of
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this. let's do the final 20%. let's get the job done and here's how we should do it. >> he's at a strategic cross roads. if he comes in with a better version wednesday, ipg the country will conclude he is not listening and they will then have to try to ram a bill through in a very partisan way. president obama's spokesman is refusing to say whether the president would veto a bill without a public option. britain the facing new accusations of back door deals to get libyan oil. some survives of terrorist attacks say the government refused to help them get compensation. libya reportedly simplied explosives to the ira. this adds to suspiciouses about last months release.
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look at this. about 900 people here trying to set a world record for the largest group to perform a dance at dragon con while dancing to this michael jackson classic. i think bob van dillen might be in there. >> no, i didn't make this one. i couldn't get out of my mom's basement. >> this is great. it's labor day and it means -- >> hopefully not for you. >> yeah, hopefully not for me, oh, baby. but it's getting close to hurricane season, right? >> we are. we've got two places we're watching. one off the coast of the carolinas. a big area of low pressure
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formed overnight last night. we're watching this for possible tropical development. another is off the coast of africa. this has a good chance of becoming a tropical depression or storm in the next 24 to 36 hours. it's a wave that came off the african coastline. it appears that conditions are favorable for this to intensify. could be our next depression over the next few days. the rain around the ohio valley, this stuff is coming out of the cincinnati area towards columbia. it's an upper level low. basically, a cool pocket of air. makes things unstable. active, too. here's what it looks like in cincinnati. how about the tower cam. clouds are out there, one wave of showers and storms moving through. anticipate another within the next couple of hours. where's that rain headed? up towards cleveland,
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pittsburgh. more showers and tomorrows coming into the outer banks. that's a long area of low pressure that the national hurricane center is watching. may become a tropical storm or depression. has a 30% chance. also, we have pictures live from ktla. this is around that fire area. it's tough to tell from this picture, but to me, looks like the smoke, there's an aversion there. patchy fog, too. it's a mess. it means the temperatures get warmer and traps everything below. unbelievable shot. that's los angeles area. >> and wildfires, those are tough to put out. keep those firefighters in our pri
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prayers. the recession has sparked a rise in personal savings. now, the government wants to help you save even more. jennifer westhoven is looking out for you. >> the experts say one of the keys is to make it more automatic. the white house is trying to fix the economy right now, but when it heals, the president is saying we cannot go back to the days s os of maxed out credit . >> we have to revive this economy and rebuild it stronger than before and making sure folks have the opportunity to save for home, college, retirement or a rainy day, is essential to that effort. >> he announced changes to make savings easier and more automatic, so if you work in a smaller business, you can automatically start a 401(k). your tax refund could be a savings bond and you could stash pay for vacation days into your
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401(k)s. five more banks failed over the weekend. that brings the total count for the year to 89. if you're a depositor there, your money shifts over easy. on the dow, things were closed friday. the dow did manage to close up 100 points. if you're wondering if i am -- are we going to show them? the little van dylans are here. >> yay! aren't they cute? >> what did you just say? you've got to go to the potty? okay. >> i love it. bob's got two jobs this morning. let's move on here. 37 minutes past the hour. police say that the teenager wanted his mom dead and found another child willing to make that happen. and a former pow knows where to
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look for something he lost 65 years ago. great memory.
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iran is serious nuclear ambitiouses are the focus of a meeting right now. the watchdog agency recently reported that iran is still enriching uranium. they insist it's for peaceful purposes. syria refuses to cooperate and denies hiding a nuclear program. police in florida say a 15-year-old tried to have his mother killed. he's accused of asking a 13-year-old friend to ambush her
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friday night in the droi. police say the boy slashed her with a kitchen knife and ran off when it broke. she wasn't hurt. local media reports that the son allegedly told the friend that it would be a club initiation. the president's back from vacation. he wants to jump-start health care reform. richard lui's here with what's new for you in this next hour. >> that is the big issue this week. health care. some are saying this could be the make it or break it time. we'll take a look at how the white house is changing its strategy. and it looks like iran has landed a great big safety net, oil, in case the u.s. decided to turn up the heat. and things could be changing for u.s. troops overseas. they may have to face new rules that treat them like
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professional athletes. what tips do you have for maintaining your self-esteem? that's this week's question in our morning sunshine contest. today's winning answer came from terry. you cannot change what or how people think about how, but you can change what you feel about yourself. either by starting a new hobby, move tog a new place or simply changing the route you take to work every day. love that, terry. we're going to be sending you a free, autographed copy of robin's new book. we're going to announce a new winner every day, so send us your answers to this week's question and also, a grand prize winner will get a trip to atlanta to we can meet you. all right, so if you don't love the high price of your high-tech phone, clark howard has an alternative mobile device
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that will put more cash into your wallet. >> do you want a cheap way to communicate with people on the go? e-mail, text messaging? well, i have a way for you to do it and it's something gears towards teens. it's called the peek. this device is one that my 9-year-old loves, but somebody else is discovering it. you know who that is? people who own their own businesses and have to worry about what everything costs. you get one of these fancy smart phones like i have and it could end up being so expensive. the thing about the peek is that well, all it does is texting and e-mail. no phone calls at all, but extra cheap. typically about 20 bucks to buy the device and 16 a month for
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unlimited service. i'm clark howard. for more money saving tips, go to my website, cnn.com/howard. >> that advice is free by the way. catch him saturdays and sundays right here on hln. police say two armed men walked right into a bank wearing some serious disguises, but what made this robbery freaky is who they actually took hostage.
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police say a man in new york hit a suspected drunk driver and went airborne before crashing into the second floor of this house. the jeep actually got struck vertically. only the driver was injured and was later arrested on dwi charges. two men took an 11-year-old girl hostage during a bank robbery. the suspects wore masks and wigs. police say one grabbed the
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little girl as she walked into the bank with her family and the guy put her in a head lock, pointed a gun at her until the teller handed over the cash. >> most robberies, the suspect goes in with a note or communicates very quietly that they are committing a robbery and they're out the door. they bumped it up another level when they took this little girl hostage. >> scary times. people getting desperate with the economy. >> police found the get away car about 20 minutes later, but are still looking for the suspects. witnesses say their gun had pink accents on it. oprah winfrey is taking over chicago's famous michigan avenue. for the next three days, police are going to shut it down, three blocks of it, so she can tape her talk show. some look at this as good
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publicity, but some cab drivers say they're going to lose big. >> it will be a mess. it's going to be terrible for the cab drivers and those who use that street all the time. >> this is the opportunity to have one of chicago's greatest marketers to market the city of chicago. it's a wonderful gift in a time period that has seen a real tough, tough economic downturn and we're trying to dig out of it so if oprah wants to help us, that's great. >> now, the show is her 24th season premier. >> michigan avenue for three days? i cannot imagine. >> some people can walk to the shopping easily. i don't know. after taking time to have a baby, one tennis player was able to pull off quite a shocker, beating one of the williams sisters. that's bragging rights for sure. >> what it shows is that there is life after childbirth.
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that your life is not necessarily over. >> your tennis game. >> at least in your tennis game. she's been gone from tennis for over two and a half years to have a baby girl and here she is going against venus. she's a former number one herself, but nobody expected her to win this one. she won six-love, six-four. and let's stick with the open here. spanish star rafael nadal treated for a stomach muscle problem, but watch what happened, actually, listen what happened when he took his shirt off. >> sexy. >> not only are they cheering -- look at these ladies snapping photos. you can't play with it off.
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next up -- washington state did go forward with its football game despite the handed out vitamin hand sanitizers and the cougars fall to stanford. no major incidents reported. a real life story. dallas cowboy jesse holly. 82 yards for a score on friday. the amazing team is he made the team through a reality tv show hosted by michael irvin. he lasted until they made the final cuts on saturday, but they kept him on the practice squad and he will be able to make money. never played pro ball. two plays of the day from the same game. the giants and the brewers hit into the extremely rare triple play. that's the first time.
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tied at one, prince fielder hit the shot for the walk off home run. watch as he hits home plate and the teammates all fall. at the top of the hour, an nfl player is arrested for allegedly choking his reality tv star girlfriend. >> let's go to bob for today's travel update. if you are at the airport wondering what's going on with your flight. >> we have thunderstorms all day long near that area which is cincinnati. haven't seen a delay. rain towards philadelphia. i will show you what it looks like for the day. that will be true for washington, d.c. watch for delays that pop up. storms early this afternoon. watch for half hour delays and seattle with morning clouds. more on that in a bit. >> get this, a world war ii vet
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center is available for memorials. the port authority of new york and new jersey is inviting groups and towns to make requests for debris. and for the "los angeles times," a report on how the recession has devastated las vegas tourism. this year could see the fewest number of visitors in 10 years. those who do come spend less. a pow is headed back to the german village where he was captured. from wmur, he tells us what he hopes to find. >> i gave the order to bail out. >> this first lieutenant was piloting a b 24 over germany when he was shot down in july,
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1944. they parachuted out and were greeted by german civilians on the ground. >> two of them had pitch forks and the other a rifle. by the time they were right there, i didn't get down. >> they were put in the cellar of a german farmhouse. he was wearing pilot's wings just like these. >> i didn't want the civilians to know what my position was on the plane and i took my wings off and i dug a hole and i buried them. i am going back to see if i can find the wings after 65 years. >> he remembers exactly where he hid them. >> right in the corner. i dug the hole. i would know where they are. >> he was held for 10 months before being liberated. he never flew for the military again, but kept in contact with the men on his mission. >> they are all gone now.
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>> now berny and his wife, ruth, will leave home and travel in search of his wings. they remember the capture and might be able to find the farmhouse. at 90 years old, he will dig to bring his wings home to new hampshire. >> it's an unfinished incident if you want to call it that. when we bailed out, i used to say i never made my last landing. >> wmur, news 9. >> oprah is no stranger to big stunts. she gave her entire audience free cars. wait until you hear what she is planning next week and why not everyone in chicago is happy about it.
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